Few vehicles boast an image as crystal clear as the 2018 Subaru Outback—a wagon version of the automaker’s Legacy sedan that went to finishing school at Outward Bound. This year, a new competitor from a most unlikely source is eager to nab a few would-be Outback buyers. Enter the 2018 Buick Regal TourX, a German-built, German-designed wagon on short stilts that brings a lot to the party.
The Regal TourX is part of Buick’s three-prong mid-size car strategy and it joins the hatchback Regal Sportback and Regal Sportback GS models. There’s no Regal sedan, and that’s just all right with the folks at Buick. Overall, we favor the Outback at 7.8 out of 10 points compared to the Regal lineup’s 7.0 out of 10, but there are plenty of reasons to consider either of these rugged crossover alternatives.